Researcher/Reporter, Ettrickburn

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Location: Scotland (Home Based)
Salary details: £24,000pa
  • Flexible Working
  • Full-Time
  • Part-Time
  • Starting Out

Ettrickburn Limited – – is looking for someone to join the team behind one of Scotland’s leading health and care policy and communications consultancies.

We create tailored reports for our clients on the aspects of health and care policy in Scotland that matter to them, and alert them to developments as they happen. We also manage engagement programmes and offer advice.

You will be expected to help sustain our monitoring and information service and be part of the launch of a new subscription news service.

You will also be asked to contribute to the public news and information channel for Scotland’s health and social care sector run by our sister company Healthcare News Scotland Limited.

The Job

The researcher part of the role will require you to help compile policy updates for Ettrickburn, and develop and deliver commissioned research projects, meetings and events. You will also manage a new information hub for clients. You will be asked to help out with meetings and events. This will represent around two thirds of your work.

As a reporter, you will be supported by the publisher and a journalist to develop your skills to compile news stories, undertake interviews and write features for the news site, our regular direct email news service and Facebook and Twitter feeds. From time to time, when pandemic restrictions allow, you may be asked to attend events and conferences, and to conduct face to face interviews. This will usually represent up to one third of your work.

Hours, Terms & Conditions

Our main interest is in getting the right person for this job and we can be flexible in our approach. We envisage offering this on a full time or 0.8 FTE basis but would be open to job shares and flexible working arrangements including split shifts or early and late day working.

You will be home based with some travel within Scotland. This position will become permanent on satisfactory completion of a six month probationary period.

The Person

Personal Attributes:

  • ability to manage your workload, operating autonomously but knowing when to seek support and a second opinion;
  • a calm, honest and unbiased communicator;
  • the desire to share the overall workload and help your colleagues;
  • excellent interpersonal skills and manner.

Essential Skills and Attributes:

  • proven research skills;
  • attention to detail and accurate written English;
  • written and verbal presentation skills, including the ability to identify key facts for inclusion in summary documents;
  • good understanding of any or all of: NHSScotland, the Scottish Government and Parliament, Scottish local government and social care policy.


  • detailed knowledge of health and social care policy in Scotland.


  • website publishing and content management experience;
  • understanding of Scots Law, legislation on privacy, data protection, Freedom of Information and defamation.

We will provide

  • IT equipment and phone;
  • Mileage and agreed expenses;
  • Career support, supervision, feedback and training.

How To Apply

Please send an email to john@ettrickburn.comwith:

  1. your CV,
  2. two examples of your work (or links to them)
  3. a cover letter which should be no longer than one page of A4 (maximum 500 words) explaining why this job is for you.

We will reply to you within one week of the closing date. Please mention Journo Resources when you apply, it really helps us out.

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